Monthly Archive: June, 2017

But in Candomblé They Only do Head & Foot…

I’m not sure where the myth began that Candomblé initiations are done “head and foot,” but it’s a grave misconception.

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Yemanja and Juneteenth

Maintaining the practice of honoring Yemanja at the ocean is important, because it is intricately linked to honoring the ancestors of our religion. Without them, we wouldn’t have Candomblé.

Yoruba Dance From West Africa Across the Atlantic

There are many similarities and differences to be observed when comparing Yoruba religion in West Africa and the Yoruba diaspora. Scores of ritual songs for the Orisha are similar in both Brazil and… Continue reading

Worshipping Orixá isn’t About Expecting Miracles

When we make ebo, it’s not a business transaction we’re making with Orixá; we need water, but water doesn’t need us.

Orisa: Resilience in the Diaspora and at Home

It can be as challenging to discuss the Yoruba culture as it is to discuss Candomblé – both are words that we use to describe what can be, at times, vastly different practices or beliefs.